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By Jeff Simon » Thursday, July 28, 2016

JAZZ/ROCK Michael Shrieve, “Spellbinder” (Colorburst Soundfield). Michael Shrieve was 19 when he was the drummer for Carlos Santana’s legendary gig at the Woodstock Festival in 1969. “The crowd was so large that one would think you’d be scared to death. But we ended up playing in a real tight circle and... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, July 28, 2016

CLASSICAL Franz Liszt, “Harmonies Poetiques et Religieuses” performed by pianist Roberto Plano (Decca, two discs). The problems that Liszt poses for listeners and critics too tightly constrained are scarcely less than those posed for performers of his most difficult works for piano, the “Transcendental... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Saturday, July 23, 2016

Cafe Society, vintage music and music by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks (Sony Classical). The immortal aphorism by L.P. Hartley is “The past is another country; they do things differently there.” It’s what Woody Allen has so often counted on in the soundtracks to his movies. Even when he is using classic... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Saturday, July 23, 2016

O’Connor Band With Mark O’Connor “Coming Home” (Rounder, released very early August) Fiddler Mark O’Connor was 12 when he first performed on the stage of the Grand Ol’ Opry. “I’ll always vividly remember Roy Acuff introducing me to the crowd,” he says now. When his family performed with him this... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, July 21, 2016

Joe Lovano Quartet, “Classic! Live at Newport” (Blue Note) 3.5 stars (out of 4) This was recorded in 2005 at the Newport Jazz Festival and it’s some of the most unusual Joe Lovano on record. You’ll remember all through this disc that Lovano got his start as a bar saxophonist in Cleveland. Yes, what he’s... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, July 21, 2016

Alligator Records 45th Anniversary Collection (Alligator, two discs). 3.5 stars (out of 4) “Genuine houserockin’ music since 1971” promises Alligator Records. The great blues label got its start with “Hound Dog Taylor and the House Rockers” back then. Says founder Bruce Iglauer in the notes to this fine... Read More

Thursday, July 14, 2016

JAZZ AND BROADWAYVarious Pianists, “Keys to the City: The Great New York Pianists Perform The Great New York Songs” (Roven) Are you ready for Letterman’s main man Paul Shaffer singing B.J. Thomas’ “Eyes of a New York Woman” with a vibrato that sounds like that of Shaffer and Letterman’s mutual friend Warren... Read More

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Folk rockThe Traveling Wilburys, “Collection” (Two discs plus documentary and videos on DVD, Wilbury/Concord Bicycle). The time has perhaps come for a different kind of career accounting for all four Beatles. All things considered, “The Quiet Beatle” George Harrison almost certainly made the greatest single... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Sunday, July 10, 2016

The Beach Boys, “Pet Sounds – 50th Anniversary Edition” (Capitol/Ume, two discs) Music gets old. But then so do we all – if we’re lucky. That doesn’t mean it ages, though. Just ask those people who’ll bring children and grandchildren to catch John Fogerty this week at the Fallsview Casino. Or those... Read More

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

JazzMike Jones Trio, “Roaring” (Capri). This much is inarguable. Lackawanna’s Mike Jones is one of the great living solo pianists in all of jazz. His model, getting started, was the great Dave McKenna whose knowledge of the Great American Songbook was encyclopedic and whose left hand thundered forth bass lines that... Read More

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